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FAQ: What if my Crochet Technical Editor misses an error?

Technical editing is a crucial step in the process of pattern development, particularly for crochet designers. It involves a professional Technical Editor reviewing the pattern to ensure accuracy, clarity, and consistency.

However, what happens if you receive the edited pattern, and you notice that an error was missed?

First, it's essential to understand that Technical Editors are human, and mistakes can happen. Despite our best efforts, we may miss an error in a pattern. If you notice an error that your Technical Editor missed, the first step is to remain calm and objective. Remember that everyone makes mistakes, and this is not a reflection of the editor's skill or professionalism.

The next step is to review the error and determine its severity. Some errors may be minor and not affect the pattern's overall outcome, while others may be significant and impact the final product's construction. If the error is minor, you may be able to make the necessary correction yourself without involving your Technical Editor. However, I'm sure your Tech Editor would want to know they had made an error so that they can learn and improve.

When communicating with your Technical Editor, be clear and specific about the error. Provide examples and illustrations if possible to help the Editor understand the problem. Approach the situation professionally and respectfully, remember that your goal is to work collaboratively with the Editor to ensure the pattern's accuracy and clarity.

I have processes in place to minimise mistakes and not spotting an error in a pattern. I use a comprehensive checklist and make sure I build in enough time to edit one day and then review and re-edit another day. It's amazing the different things you see with fresh eyes.

It is a Tech Editor's worst nightmare to think they have missed an error in a pattern. We have robust processes to catch everything, but we are still human and despite our best efforts, sometimes an error slips through.

So what happens if your Tech Editor misses a pattern error?

If it happens to me...well firstly, I apologise.

I then work closely with the designer to resolve the issue fully. Once the designer is completely happy with the resolution, I then look at my processes to see what lessons can be learned, and how I can improve.

Once the error has been identified, the next step is to determine the best course of action.

If the error is significant, the pattern may need to be re-edited to ensure that all errors are corrected. In some cases, your Technical Editor may offer to make the necessary corrections for you without charge, depending on the nature of the error.

However, it is also important to understand that correcting errors may incur additional fees. Technical editing services are typically priced based on the length and complexity of the pattern, so changes that require significant editing or additional time may result in additional fees. Make sure to discuss any potential fees with your Technical Editor before making any changes.

To summarise, technical editing is an important step in the process of pattern development, but errors can sometimes be missed. If you notice an error that your Technical Editor missed, the first step is to remain calm and objective. Review the error, determine its severity, and communicate with the editor in a clear and professional manner. Work collaboratively with the editor to determine the best course of action, and be prepared for the possibility of additional fees. With clear communication and collaboration, you can ensure that your crochet pattern is accurate, clear, and beautiful.

As a certified crochet Technical Editor, I understand the importance of accuracy in patterns. I work collaboratively with my clients and would always welcome constructive feedback on my processes and services to help me improve. Let me help you ensure your designs are error-free and polished. Book a 30 min FREE Zoom chat directly into my diary using the link below.

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